Sunday, October 01, 2006
Richmond Times-Dispatch editorial, "Provoking Terror," October 1, 2006 (link)
Gay event pushes city's envelopeIt is to be assumed that gay people take pride in this.
People at Richmond's pride festival call for understanding, respect
By Olympia Meola, Richmond Times-Dispatch Staff Writer
If the political conversations at the Gay Pride Virginia Festival didn't move people, the upbeat and often-vulgar musical medley from drag artist Lady Bunny probably did the trick. (link)
And they, at the same time, call for understanding and respect.
You might think it through, fellas.
Kaine rules out transport fundingGuys like Kaine speak out of both sides of their mouths. We hear them bemoan the fact that, unless something is done immediately, our roads and bridges are in danger of collapse. Then we read that Kaine doesn't plan on getting anything accomplished until 2008.
By Larry O'Dell, Associated Press
RICHMOND -- Forget about significant new funding for transportation until at least 2008 -- and then only if traffic-weary voters take out their road rage on anti-tax Republican legislators in next year's elections, Gov. Timothy M. Kaine says.
The day after the General Assembly ended nearly nine months of wrangling over transportation funding by doing nothing, Mr. Kaine, a Democrat, acknowledged that resuming the fight in the election-year session that begins in January would be pointless.
"My sense is, unless there would be a real parting of the clouds, a major effort in '07 for transportation revenue is a low likelihood because of the elections and this is fresh in folks' mind," Mr. Kaine said Friday. (link)
Hokum. It's all hokum.
Unfortunately, there is a distinction to be made here. The black people in Queens who have made such gains in recent years aren't native-born. They're immigrants:
Black Incomes Surpass Whites in Queens
By Sam Roberts, The New York Times
Across the country, the income gap between blacks and whites remains wide, and nowhere more so than in Manhattan. But just a river away, a very different story is unfolding.
In Queens, the median income among black households, nearing $52,000 a year, has surpassed that of whites in 2005, an analysis of new census data shows. No other county in the country with a population over 65,000 can make that claim. (link)
The gains among blacks in Queens, the city’s quintessential middle-class borough, were driven largely by the growth of two-parent families and the successes of immigrants from the West Indies.If black immigrants can succeed ....
“Southeast Queens, especially, had a heavy influx of West Indian folks in the late 80’s and early 90’s,” said [lawyer David] Veron, who, like his 31-year-old wife, was born on the island of Jamaica. “Those individuals came here to pursue an opportunity, and part of that opportunity was an education.” he said. “A large percentage are college graduates. We’re now maturing and reaching the peak of our earning capacity.”
Hungarian Is Faced With Evidence of Role in ’42 AtrocityThe Simon Wiesenthal Center has done great work over the years tracking down and/or exposing former nazis and other World War II era criminals. These 60 years later, as all the participants die off, so will the Center.
By Nicholas Wood and Ivana Sekularac, The New York Times
Budapest, Sept. 30 — The past caught up with Sandor Kepiro, 92, on Thursday, when the Simon Wiesenthal Center identified him as a junior police officer who was twice found guilty of participating in one of the worst atrocities committed by Hungarian forces during World War II.
At a news conference at a synagogue opposite Mr. Kepiro’s apartment here, members of the Wiesenthal Center ended what for him had been 60 years of relative anonymity as they issued copies of a recently rediscovered wartime court verdict. The document shows that Mr. Kepiro was charged and found guilty along with 14 other Hungarian Army and paramilitary police officers of taking part in the Novi Sad massacre in northern Serbia in January 1942, in which more than 1,000 people, mostly Jews, were killed.
Speaking to reporters in Budapest, Efraim Zuroff, the director of the Wiesenthal Center’s Jerusalem office, listed Mr. Kepiro, a former lawyer, as one of four leading suspects he said he hoped would be tried in connection with crimes committed during the Nazi era.
All of the suspects are in their early 90’s. (link)
The end of an era.